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Positive sense of mental well-being related to better brain health

A new report from the Global Council on Brain Health describes the link between a positive sense of mental well-being and better brain health in people 50 and older. The report is full of helpful tips on improving your mental well-being and thus your thinking and reasoning skills.

Stress might lead to memory loss and brain shrinkage, study says

If you live a high-stress life, you could have memory loss and brain shrinkage before you turn 50, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Neurology.

Sandra Day O'Connor's diagnosis: No cure for dementia but decline can be slowed

It would be normal for Sandra Day O'Connor, at the age of 88, to have some age-related cognitive decline, but her diagnosis of dementia means something different.

Alzheimer's disease: What you need to know

Sandra Day O'Connor's announcement that she's been diagnosed with the early stages of dementia is shedding light on Alzheimer's disease. 

New Drugs May Be Able to Treat Alzheimer’s Before It Starts

Researchers have launched two studies in which people at high risk for Alzheimer’s disease will be treated before symptoms appear.

Brain Donation – a Gift of Hope for Future Generations

When people think of organ donation – they typically think of giving an organ to someone in immediate need of a transplant. But donated brain tissue can be used by hundreds of research centers worldwide, providing a gift of hope for future generations at risk of developing dementias.  

Biomarkers – Leading the Way toward Alzheimer’s Early Detection, Prevention and Treatment

You might be familiar with biomarkers such as cholesterol levels, blood pressure numbers and body temperature. But what about amyloid and tau? How might these biomarkers lead the way to detecting, preventing and treating this and related devastating diseases.

pH imbalance in brain cells may contribute to Alzheimer's disease

Scientists say they have found new evidence in lab-grown mouse brain cells, called astrocytes, that one root of Alzheimer's disease may be a simple imbalance in acid-alkaline -- or pH -- chemistry inside endosomes, the nutrient and chemical cargo shuttles in cells.

Borrowing from the cancer playbook to find treatment for Alzheimer's disease

It's been notoriously difficult to develop medicines for Alzheimer's disease, the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Each year, it seems, pharmaceutical companies release data from studies of promising drug candidates that merit only a collective sigh of disappointment. In search of fresh ideas, researchers have begun to borrow a phrase or two from the more familiar language of cancer treatment.

What Elephants Can Teach Us About Alzheimer’s Disease

The brains of African elephants are nearly three times larger than their human counterparts — but elephants seem to have extraordinary memory capacity late into life.